Smoking Cessation before and after Tonsillectomy

Patient : I'm having a tonsillectomy soon and i smoke how long before should i stop smoking and how long after should i not smoke for ?
Doctor :   I am asked this question daily. Even short periods of smoking cessation can have short term benefits to health but the b enefit is difficult to quantify.  Likely different people will benefit differently depending on their health status, immune system, work environment and other lifestyle factors. As a general rule. the longer you can refrain from smoking, the longer you will benefit. At a minimum you should consider stopping smoking 1 week before surgery and 4 weeks after. Smoking has been shown to delay recovery from surgery and increase complications. Good luck

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